[reportlab-users] Handling TrueType fonts not allowing subsetting

Andy Robinson andy at reportlab.com
Mon Jun 17 17:17:04 EDT 2013

On 17 June 2013 20:33, Dinu Gherman <gherman at darwin.in-berlin.de> wrote:

> Oh, is that analogous to some famous artists who erect a sculpture in

> a public place and try to sue people for taking photographs of it? ;-)

Not quite. I think it's revenue protection. For example, the
Gotham font was used in Obama's election campaign and has become very
fashionable and cool as a company standard - at least 3 of our clients
have picked it. The font pack is not cheap, and H&FJ specifically
don't want it out there where it would be easy to copy.

> BTW, there seem to be institutions requiring entire fonts to be embedded

> in a PDF (probably for data archeology reasons), if I understand this

> kind of article correctly:

Yes, they want to ensure the documents can be read 'as they now
appear' in future years. It also makes the printing industry's job a
lot easier; if you just embed a reference to, say, Helvetica, then the
exact appearance will depend on the exact variant of Helvetica in the
OS on that computer or printing press.

> For what it's worth, I've recently discovered a collection of around

> 800 fonts here (what is probably named Google webfonts), with varying

> licenses:


> https://code.google.com/p/googlefontdirectory/


> There seem to be a few quite nice ones (also as TTF)...

That is a REALLY nice resource to have - thank you! If we get a
'quiet patch' this summer I'll look into a command to
auto-download-and-install from it.

- Andy

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